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Merry Christmas and Welcome to Expacked (Issue #52)

December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to all our readers out there!!!

Christmas has to be one of the best times of the year.  Christmas is a time we try to celebrate with family and friends.  But because of this, it’s also one of the hardest times for many teachers living aboard.  Korea is a long way from home for most of you and it can be lonely, however there are many things you can do to make this Christmas a memorable one for you:Christmas Tree

1) Number one, of course, is to spend Christmas with your new friends in Korea.  Many people are having Christmas parties and its great to get involved in these.

2) You can help out at your closest orphanage, church, or other organisation aimed at helping other people in need.  You will feel great once you put a smile on their faces and the whole community will make you feel like home.

3) Call your family on Skype.  You can use video Skype to see and speak to your friends and family while they are altogether.  My family are not on Skype, so I have just paid for a Skype monthly subscription.  For around 14,000 won per month you can use your Skype to call any landline phone around the world – this gives you unlimited minutes and there’s no contract, so you can cancel this at any time.  For a little more, you can also call mobile phones around the world.  You can pay with credit card or Paypal – if you can’t use any of these, why not instead get your parents to set it up and pay for an account under your name.

4) Go to one of the many Christmas shows and festivals around Korea.

5) Or you could spend Christmas sitting on a hot, beautiful beach in Thailand.

6) Read Expacked… well, maybe not

Obviously this is only a couple of suggestions, so there are plenty of things you can do to make Christmas day a special day for you.  Whatever you do, make it a good one!

Here’s the stories making the news this week:

Feel free to comment on any of the stories and make use of the easy sharing options available – in just a few quick clicks you can share any of these stories to all your teaching mates in Korea.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes.

Merry Christmas!

Cheers,

Ken

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